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  1. Netmarketshare's browser market share has just been updated to include May 2018 share information. The company recorded a drop below the 10% mark in the desktop and laptop devices market for the Mozilla Firefox browser. Firefox had a market share of 12.63% in June 2017 according to Netmarketshare and even managed to rise above the 13% mark in 2017 before its share fell to 9.92% in May 2018. Google Chrome, Firefox's biggest rival in the browser world, managed to increase its massive lead from 60.08% in June 2017 to 62.85% in May 2018. Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped a percent point to 11.82% in May 2018 and Microsoft's Edge browser gained less than 0.50% to 4.26% over the year. Netmarketshare recorded a downwards trend for the Firefox browser in the past 12 months and while that may sound alarming on first glance, it may not be as bad as the numbers indicate. Netmarketshare collects usage stats and does not get "real" numbers from companies like Mozilla, Google or Microsoft. The company monitors the use of browsers on a subset of Internet sites and creates the market share reports using the data it collects. While that is certainly good enough for trends if the number of monitored user interactions is high enough, it is not completely accurate and real-world values can be different based on a number of factors. While it is unlikely that they differ a lot, it is certainly possible that the share is different to the one reported by the company. Mozilla launched Firefox 57 Quantum in 2017 as an effort to revitalize Firefox by dropping support for legacy systems such as the classic add-on system in favor of the new standard WebExtensions, and integrated new features such as support for multiple processes, and faster components in the browser. Mozilla has yet to reveal how successful the change was for the organization in terms of users. How many users did switch from Firefox to another browser, and how many switched to Firefox because of the new browser? Netmarketshare's statistics indicate that Firefox lost more users than it gained but we don't know for sure unless Mozilla reveals before and after numbers to the public. Firefox is still the third largest desktop browser right after Chrome and Internet Explorer. Actually, only Chrome and Internet Explorer have a market share above 10% according to Netmarketshare's latest figures while all other browsers are below the mark. The end of Firefox? Even if Firefox lost users it is not the end of the browser. Opera, Vivaldi and other browser companies show that it is possible to develop browsers with a lower market share and the same can be true for Mozilla. The organization may need some restructuring in the coming years to take this and -- probably -- falling revenue from search engine inclusion deals into account but Firefox won't just go away because it is dropping. Ghacks.net
  2. Mashing up two network technologies -- DNS and HTTPS -- thwarts snooping and tampering. Browser makers are trying to thwart network snoopers by encrypting your connections to the web servers that host websites, but Mozilla on Friday began a project to go one step further. Firefox Nightly, a rough-around-the-edges test version of Mozilla's browser, now includes technology called DNS over HTTPS, Mozilla said. DNS is the Domain Name System used to find the numeric addresses needed to communicate with computers across the network -- 64.30.228.118 for CNET.com, for example -- and HTTPS is the secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol used to fetch data from websites. The combination, called DoH, prevents middlemen from figuring out what internet servers you're trying to reach -- and from tampering with results to do wicked things like sending you to a fake version of a website. "Domain Name Service is one of the oldest parts of internet architecture, and remains one that has largely been untouched by efforts to make the web safer and more private," Mozilla said in a blog post. "We're working to change that by encrypting DNS queries and by testing a service that keeps DNS providers from collecting and sharing your browsing history." Privacy is on the front burner these days as Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have revealed just little we actually have. Firefox's embrace of DoH wouldn't have prevented that particular problem, but it does help seal other holes. Privacy and security are technical challenges that aren't ever finished, only gradually improved. Cloudflare DNS partnership Mozilla also is taking a number of other measures this year to improve privacy in Firefox, like clamping down on behavior tracking and blocking ad retargeting -- that sometimes creepy situation where you visit a website then shortly after see an ad for it on a different website, or see the same ad follow you around the web. When it comes to actually fulfilling a DNS request, Mozilla needs a partner that offers DNS services to its privacy standards. It picked Cloudflare, an internet infrastructure company that recently launched its own publicly available DNS service. "We've chosen Cloudflare because they agreed to a very strong privacy agreement that protects your data," Mozilla said. In Firefox Nightly, Mozilla will test both conventional DNS and DoH, comparing the results to see if there are any problems. Google's also tackling DNS privacy Google is trying a related technology called DNS over TLS that accomplishes much the same thing. It's built the feature into Android P, the next version of its mobile phone software. That can already be tested in beta form if you have a compatible phone. "In the future, we hope that all operating systems will include secure transports for DNS, to provide better protection and privacy for all users on every new connection," Google programmers Erik Kline and Ben Schwartz said in an April blog post about the move. Source
  3. Tor Uplift project Tor Browser based on Firefox ESR, plus a lot of patches. Takes a lot of time to rebase patches. Mission was to reduce their efforts. Mozilla started bringing Tor Browser patches into Firefox. Successful new features in Tor Browser/Firefox in the last 1.5 years: First-party isolation, and fingerprinting resistance. First Party Isolation, off by default in Firefox. Fingerprinting resistance issue, breaks some websites. Fusion Project goals Fingerprinting resistance, make more user friendly and reduce web breakage Implement proxy bypass framework Figure out the best way to integrate Tor proxy into Firefox Real private browsing mode in Firefox: Will turn on First Party Isolation, Fingerprinting Resistance, and Tor proxy ---> Real private browsing mode is basically Tor Browser, but inside Firefox. Things that Tor Browser has that Firefox private browsing mode won't: Security slider Circuit display HTTPS Everywhere, NoScript Tor Launcher Pluggable transports Misc. other things What features of Tor will Firefox's implementation include? Don't have a firm plan. Will probably want to implement most of Tor, but latest versions of protocols (v3 onion services, etc.). Scalable is a huge concern of Mozilla's, since there will be way more Tor users using Mozilla's implementation. No firm solution, maybe Mozilla donating to nonprofits that run relays. How many more "super private browsing mode" Firefox users will there be? Potentially hundreds of millions of daily users. Potential for sharing Tor client implementation code between tor and Firefox. Mozilla wants to standardize the spec for the Tor client, open documentation. Benefits: other people looking at your protocol; wider friendlier IPR policies for people implementing the protocol. Mozilla will write protocol conformance tests. tor-dev mailing list would be good place for Mozilla to communicate with Tor about the work. Tor client implementation, Mozilla will probably mainly interact with networking team, and for browser implementation mainly interact with browser team. Might want to talk to Tor metrics team. Private telemetry, how will Firefox do it? Firefox's problem with fingerprintability is website breakage, balancing with usability. Fusion Project is basically an experiment right now, extra important to ensure that it works well, doesn't harm usability, to convince people late on to ship it within Firefox. But reassure: Fusion has support at the Director and CTO level, this is a feature Mozilla's competitors won't implement. Ultimate eventual goal: Make Tor Browser obsolete, so Tor Project can focus on research instead of maintaining a fork of Firefox. Whether there will be two private browsing modes is to be determined. Not decided yet if tor client will be a separate process or integrated as library. Want the private browsing renderer to be a separate process to isolate itself from non-private renderers. Mozilla is doing user studies on fingerprintability, hopefully to see if they can include fingerprint resistance in standard Firefox. < Here >
  4. OpenSourcery Tropical IPA made with open-source mindset and ancient art of brewing Open-sourced beer.....whatever next? MOZILLA MAKES software and Firefox, so the last place you'd expect it to be is a brewery, but it's teamed up with one to create an open-sourced beer. The company worked with Oregon-based brewery Widmer Brothers to create a beer based on data collected from a survey that was then crunched by the brewers to figure out the combination of hops and other ingredients and beer style that would suit the beer-swilling community. "We sent out a wide net in the Twitter community, social media and asked them to fill out what they're interested in flavours they like, feel they wanted," said David Camp vice president of Firefox Engineering. "Similar to how they collect feedback for the browser, that's how they collect feedback for the beer." This ended up in the form of the OpenSourcery Tropical IPA , which according to Digital Trends which sampled the beverage, it's a suitably un-tropical tipple and more akin to n American IPA, making it a very drinkable beer. By embracing the open-source attitude, Mozilla and Widmer Brothers will continue to improve upon the beer by getting feedback from the people who've quaffed it and then tweak the recipe again, essentially taking open-source software development and applying the method to the ancient art of brewing. Now we hear a lot about digital transformation here at The INQUIRER but it's often about old and rather dull companies replacing their old IT systems with swanky cloud services to do whatever boring thing they do a little faster and cheaper. But mixing digital tech and data with beer is something we can get behind; just ask resident beer monster Chris Merriman. Taking an open-source approach to development is also something we can get behind as it results in the creation of tech that has feature people want rather than unnecessary extras - looking at you iPhone X Animojis. Take the Eve V for example, a Surface-like hybrid that was designed in reaction to community input. Source
  5. Mozilla is rolling out support for a two-step authentication process for Firefox Accounts, the credentials system that protects bookmarks, passwords, open tabs and other data synchronized between devices via the Firefox Sync feature. The feature is being gradually rolled out to users, according to Mozilla engineer Vijay Budhram. The feature is also not SMS code-based. Instead, the system works with authentication codes produced by standard TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password) apps and services, such as Authy, Duo, Google Authenticator, and others. As the feature is being rolled out, Firefox users can check their account's Preferences section in the coming weeks and enable it when available. Nonetheless, users can skip the wait and enable it right now by accessing: https://accounts.firefox.com/settings?showTwoStepAuthentication=true When they turn on two-step authentication support, they'll also be provided with a set of recovery codes in case they lose access to the TOTP service. Users should save these codes in a safe spot (online or offline) for use in cases of emergency to regain access to their accounts. After enabling 2FA support, every time users log into their Firefox Account, they will have to enter username and password in a first step, and a security code produced by the TOTP service in the second step. Based on the highly sensitive information stored inside Firefox Accounts —such as passwords— it is highly recommended that users turn on this feature as soon as it becomes available in their account's preferences section. Source
  6. The Firefox web browser displays a list of top sites on the web browser's New Tab page by default next to a search field, highlights, soon downloads, and recommendations. Mozilla changed the New Tab Page in Firefox 57 and introduced something that it called Activity Stream on it. Top Sites are displayed just below the search form on the New Tab page in the Firefox browser. Firefox displays a single row of websites and services by default. Top Sites are sites that are visited the most. Firefox gives users options to pin sites so that they become available. Each site you pin to Top Sites takes away a spot that is filled automatically by the browser. You can also dismiss sites to hide them from the Top Sites listing and rearrange Top Sites using drag and drop. How to add more Top Sites rows to Firefox It is easy enough to increase the row count to two as Mozilla added an option to do so. A click on the cogwheel icon on the New Tab page displays options to hide any element on it. You find the "show two rows" option under Top Sites and a second row is added to the Top Sites listing when you check it. Note: Mozilla plans to move the preferences from the New Tab Page to the Settings. A click on the icon on the New Tab page opens the Firefox preferences then where you can make the change. Two rows of Top Sites may be sufficient for some Firefox users but what if you want more rows to display even more Top Sites on the New Tab page? Firefox comes with built-in functionality to extend the Top Sites listing to more than two rows. You need to modify the web browser's configuration for that: Load about:config?filter=browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows in the Firefox address bar. Double-click on the preference browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows and change its value to the desired number of rows and click ok. Check the New Tab Page to see the change right away and modify the number of rows accordingly if needed. You can undo the change at any time in the following ways: Right-click on the preference on about:config and select "reset" from the context menu. Double-click on the preference and change the value to 1. Ghacks.net
  7. Mozilla is working on a new feature for the organization's Firefox web browser currently which adds multi-tab management capabilities to the browser. Firefox does not support multi-tab operations right now; if you want to close, move or bookmark sites open in multiple tabs in the browser right now, you will have to do so one after the other. The upcoming multi-tab management options enable you to run operations on several tabs at once in Firefox to make things more comfortable. Firefox is not the first browser to support multiple tab selections and operations. The web browsers Vivaldi and Opera support multi-tab selections. Firefox multi-tab management Firefox users may use the Ctrl (Command on Mac) key on the keyboard to select multiple tabs in the browser once the feature lands. A right-click on the selection displays a context menu with options to run operations on all supported tabs. The Shift-key is mapped to selecting a row of tabs, and users who prefer to use the mouse for that can right-click on the tab bar to pick the new entry " select all tabs" to do so. Mozilla plans to unlock all tab operations for multiple tabs; in other words, you can close, pin, bookmark, send, or move the tab selection using the right-click context menu. Mozilla plans to add a new "move tab" menu which you may use to move a single tab to the start or end of the current tab bar, or to a new window. Similarly, there will be a new close tab menu to close tabs to the right, close other tabs, or close duplicate tabs in the web browser. The tab manager, the little down arrow icon located on the right-side of the tab bar, displays tab related operations and all open tabs in all browser windows as well. Tab operations include muting all tabs, bookmarking or reloading tabs, or closing and undo closing tabs. The functionality is not yet live in Firefox, not even in Nightly. Mozilla did add the main preference for the multi-tab management functionality of the Firefox browser though. Load about:config?filter=browser.tabs.multiselect in the Firefox address bar. Confirm that you are careful if the warning prompt is displayed. Double-click on the preference to set it to true. A value of true enables the new feature, a value of false (default) disables it. The only effect setting the parameter to true has right now is that you can select multiple tabs in Firefox and that these tabs are displayed in bold. Ghacks.net
  8. Starting on the 9th of May, Mozilla will debut sponsored content in the beta version of Firefox 60, in order to supplement the revenue it earns from Google for having it as the browser's default search engine. Mozilla acquired the popular read-it-later service, Pocket, in February last year. Pocket makes its money from the occasional sponsored post in its 'Recommendations' feed, and Mozilla intends to extend this aspect of the service into Firefox. This wouldn't be the first time Mozilla is attempting to push ads through its browser; back in 2014, the company attempted to introduce a feature called 'Tiles' that utilized user data in order to display sponsored websites on Firefox's homepage, plans that it quickly scrapped upon user backlash. The play Mozilla is making here comes with several assurances to protect user privacy - the company promises that even though the sponsored content will be personalized, all user-data will remain on the user's computer and won't be sent off to a server, with the company reiterating that all of its code is open-source, so any suspicions on how their data is being used can be assuaged by simply taking a peek at the code. Mozilla stresses that it will never be used to personally identify users, and will only collect information pertinent to "impressions and clicks". Per Nate Weiner, co-founder of Pocket: We’ve come to accept a premise around advertising today that users need to trade their privacy and data in exchange for personalized, high quality experiences. Our experiments over the last few months have proved that this isn’t true. This new system will first be tested on a small subset of users in the U.S., and will then gradually be rolled out worldwide afterwards. Mozilla adds that version 60 will be an Extended Support Release, stating that it will be fit for deployment in environments that depend heavily on browser stability. Neowin.net
  9. Mozilla's radical open-source move helped rewrite rules of tech A gamble 20 years ago unleashed the source code for the browser that became Firefox. The approach is now core to Facebook, Google and everyone else. by Stephen Shankland / March 29, 2018 Twenty years ago, Netscape Communications was desperate. It was the darling of the first wave of internet companies for its ability to let you surf the web, but Microsoft had crushed its business prospects by giving away a web browser for free. So Netscape did something that was radical for the time: On March 31, 1998, it gave away the source code behind its Netscape Communicator browser, the once-secret programming instructions that developers used to build the software. The project, called Mozilla, amounted to surrendering the crown jewels. By the time the gamble paid off years later with the success of Mozilla's Firefox browser, Netscape was extinct. But even though the Mozilla project didn't rescue the internet pioneer, it did help profoundly reshape the technology industry. When Mozilla was born, open-source software was a counterculture oddity that flew in the face of a software industry used to selling proprietary products. But today, it powers just about every tech company out there -- Google, Facebook and yes, even that old open-source nemesis, Microsoft. Mozilla wasn't the first open-source project, but it fanned the flames of a way of thinking that brought us ubiquitous social networks, mobile operating systems and thousands of apps. "It was a Hail Mary pass," said Chris DiBona, director of open source at Google. "But somebody caught the ball and ran with it." Now it's the norm. Google releases five or six open-source projects every single day -- more than 12,000 in total so far. It's common enough that Google automated the process so no humans are needed to review the decision. It's hard to overstate how profound a change that is for people who program for a living. "For so long the mindset was 'protect the code, protect the code, protect the code,'" said Chris Tino, director of engineering at Ghostery, a privacy-focused browser extension maker that just released its software as open source. "Now it's almost to the point where if you're not open source, there's a little bit of a shadow cast over you." Mozilla's sharp turn toward open source In 1998, things were looking bad for Netscape. Its Communicator software, based on a web browser but also handling email and other online activities, was losing the first browser war. Microsoft's Internet Explorer was good and shipped free with Windows, the dominant operating system. "It was clear continuing to play on that field was lost," said Mitchell Baker, Mozilla chairwoman and early leader. The internal debate began: "How could we change the rules?" Open-source software was a commercial rarity at the time, but Netscape was a hot company whose developers were tapped into the new coding trends, and opening Netscape's source code turned out to be the answer to Microsoft's challenge. Brendan Eich, another Mozilla co-founder and now chief executive of competitor Brave Software, saw the move as equally dramatic. "What do you do when you're being run into the wall by a monster truck? You make a hard left," he recounted. Netscape's open-source move made headlines. But anyone expecting quick success was quickly disappointed. Many open-source projects begin their life in the open, but Mozilla began as an unwieldy mess no outsider could do much with. "In the first six months, nothing was done with the browser code. It was a hairball," Eich said. "Besides expurgating ... curse words, we had to expurgate all the crypto code." Raising Firefox from Netscape's ashes It was a long slog. The original browser project, called Mozilla, faltered and only recovered when stripped back to its essentials. The result, Firefox 1.0, arrived in 2004, when the Mozilla organization was down to just 14 employees, Baker said. But what a difference it made. Microsoft, complacent with IE's victory over Netscape, had let its browser languish, and Firefox exploded in popularity with better performance, a better interface and viral word-of-mouth marketing. "Today it's probably hard to imagine how different that open-source community was," Baker said. "Open source was weird and crazy." But it got the job done for Mozilla. Volunteers translated Firefox's interface into several languages. One added a key Firefox feature: tabs to easily let you handle many websites at once. Outsiders tested the software and provided crucial support to newcomers with questions, Baker said. They multiplied the strength of those 14 Mozilla employees immeasurably. "Firefox could not have succeeded without open source," Baker said. And now, largely as a result, we have a fiercely competitive browser market. Mozilla has struggled to maintain its influence, but the web itself remains a vital force, and that's one of Mozilla's key priorities. The organization's quest for a better internet, meanwhile, ranges from its stance on net neutrality to its responses to Facebook's data privacy scandal, including the release of an add-on to keep Facebook from tracking users and its decision to stop advertising on the social network. (Firefox add-ons include extensions, such as tools or features, and themes, which change the web browser's appearance.) MORE
  10. Mozilla plans to release the next Extended Support Release version of the organization's Firefox web browser, Firefox ESR 60.0, on May 9, 2018. Firefox 59.0 would have been the original target for the next ESR version but Mozilla postponed it. Firefox ESR 60.0 is a major new release as it updates Firefox installations that are still on the feature level of Firefox 52 to Firefox 60. Changes made in Firefox 53 to 60, with the exception of security updates, will find their way into that version of the browser. The change alone is a major one but the situation gets even more complicated in this case because Mozilla introduced major architectural changes to Firefox after the release of Firefox 52. I focus on major changes in this guide only and how you best cope with those. You can check out the links to our release overviews at the end of the guide for additional information about each release since Firefox 52.0. Note that you can stay on Firefox ESR 52.8 when Firefox ESR 60 is released, and stay on Firefox ESR 52.9 when Firefox ESR 60.1 is released. Firefox ESR 60.2 will be released on August 21, 2018 and Firefox ESR installations still on 52.x at the time will be upgraded to the new version. Here is the release schedule: 2018-05-09: Firefox 60, Firefox ESR 60, Firefox ESR 52.8 2018-06-26: Firefox 61, Firefox ESR 60.1, Firefox ESR 52.9 2018-08-21: Firefox 62, Firefox ESR 60.2 Preparing for Firefox ESR 60.0 I recommend that you create a backup of Firefox profiles before you upgrade Firefox ESR 52.x to Firefox ESR 60.0 as you won't be able to go back once you have upgraded to the new version. Firefox makes changes to the user profile during the upgrade which are incompatible with previous versions of the browser. The major changes in Firefox 60 ESR I will cover the following changes: Compatibility changes in regards to supported operating systems and architectures. The switch from the legacy add-on system to WebExtensions of Firefox 57. Changes in the browser's multi-process system. The new policy system on Windows. Other relevant changes. Compatibility changes Mozilla dropped support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, any 32-bit machine running Mac OS X, and for Linux systems with processors older than Pentium 4 or AMD Opteron in Firefox 53. Firefox ESR 52.x is the last ESR branch that supports these operating systems. # In other words, Firefox ESR 60.x won't support any of the aforementioned operating systems. Only Windows 7 or newer versions of Windows are supported by Firefox. Legacy add-ons are out Firefox ESR 60.0 won't support legacy add-ons. Some extensions have been updated by their developers while others have not. Many popular extensions, content blockers or password managers, have been updated. If you ran abandoned extensions, less popular ones, or extensions that require specific APIs that are not available, you may be out of luck. Any Firefox add-on that is not a WebExtension won't run in Firefox 60 ESR. I'm not aware of options to quickly find out if all installed add-ons are compatible with Firefox 60 or not. This leaves heading over to the Mozilla Add-ons website to run searches for each installed add-on. It is unclear right now whether Mozilla plans to move all incompatible extensions to a "legacy extensions" listing on about:addons. If that is the case, you may use the "find a replacement" button to get potential alternatives for the add-on. Note that the listing becomes available after you upgrade, if it does. Multi-process system changes Firefox will use more processes after the upgrade. Mozilla increased the number of content processes from 1 to 4 in Firefox 54.0 and it seems likely that this will carry over to Firefox ESR 60 as well. You may notice a new Compositor process on Windows systems besides that as it was introduced in Firefox 53.0. The new policy system Firefox ESR 60 comes with Group Policy support. You can check out my guide on Windows Group Policy Support in Firefox 60 for an overview. Windows users and administrators may make configuration changes using the new option instead of using autoconfig files. Not all options are supported but it may be a good idea to check out what is available when Firefox 60 launches as it may make things easier. Other changes There have been numerous changes to Firefox since the release of Firefox ESR 52.0. The following highlights major changes only: Firefox Quantum which made Firefox faster and more stable. Mozilla claimed that Firefox 57 with Quantum was twice as fast as Firefox 52 without it. Firefox Photon is a design refresh. It modified some interface areas but the general look and feel remained. Some new tools like the Screenshot tool are integrated natively. Testing You have two main options when it comes to testing the new ESR release: Wait until Firefox ESR 60 is released and start to test it. Use Firefox 60 Beta to run tests. How you do it depends on a number of criteria, for example, how much time you have or need to upgrade. I suggest you back up a Firefox profile and use it to test the new release. If you want to use Firefox ESR 60.0 for testing, you may want to use a virtual machine for that or another machine designed for testing. Ghacks.net
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    Mozilla Firefox 52.7.3 ESR

    Windows: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.7.3esr/win32/ x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.7.3esr/win64/ x86 en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.7.3esr/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.7.3esr.exe x64 en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.7.3esr/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.7.3esr.exe Checksums SHA256SUMS SHA512SUMS Other OS & Languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.7.3esr/ or https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/ Changelog: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/notes/ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/
  12. As a user of the web browser Firefox or someone who is interested in trying it out, you probably would like to know more about what Mozilla has planned for Firefox in 2018 (and beyond). With Google integrating limited advertisement blocking into the Chrome browser and other nice to have features into the web browser, it is only natural to wonder what Mozilla has planned in this regard. Good news for users interested in Firefox is that Mozilla has big plans for Firefox in 2018; the following paragraphs reveals new features that Firefox users will have at their disposal this year (if the schedule holds). You can check out the full list on Mozilla's Wiki website. The list below highlights the, in my opinion, most important changes and improvements. I reveal what I think about the announced changes after the list and would like to know what you think about the plans as well. Firefox in 2018 The user experience is one of the key areas that Mozilla targets for improvements. The organization plans to integrate ad-filtering, ad re-targeting protection and other features into the browser that improve the user experience: Firefox will block certain types of ads that impact the user experience in a negative way. Mozilla is in the research stage at this point and it is unclear if the organization will come up with its own list of problematic ad formats and types, or if it will use the list that Google uses in Google Chrome. Mozilla plans to integrate ad re-targeting protection into Firefox. Re-targeting "follows" users around on the Web to get them to buy a certain product they were interested in. The organization wants to block cross-domain tracking to eliminate this. Tracking Protection will get granular controls so that users may disable or enable specific types of trackers. Also, trackers will be blocked on page load if they affect the page load performance. Video autoplay toggle to block sites from playing video automatically. Breach Alerts highlights to a user of the browser if a site was compromised in the past (see Mozilla plans to add breach warnings to Firefox) Mozilla engineers plan to improve Firefox's performance, speed and even the user's perception of speed further in 2018. Faster startup first paint to show a browser window sooner when Firefox is started. Interpreter speed improvements to speed up JavaScript on sites and in apps. Object-biased NaN Boxing improves web page JavaScript performance. Out of Process Extensions on Linux and Mac. Storage.local implementation replacement with "something more efficient". Tab Warming which starts to load the content of a tab the user is likely going to switch to (see Firefox Tab Warming explained) TCP Fast Open is an extension to speed up the opening of successive connections between two endpoints. UTF Parsing improves load time on pages with lots of JavaScript scripts. WebRender to run apps at 60 frames per second regardless of the display or what is changing on the page from frame to frame. Personalization and customization improvements that Mozilla plans to land in Firefox in 2018 are listed below: Firefox Accounts Multi-factor authentication and recovery. Firefox UI language switching. Lockbox password manager integration with Firefox and Firefox accounts (see Firefox Lockbox alpha by Mozilla replace built-in password manager). Policy Manager for computer administration (see Firefox 60 ships with Windows Group Policy Support) New Extension APIs and improvements to existing APIs such as Tab Hiding, User Scripts, Toolbars, Secure Overlays or Session Management. Theme improvements by unlocking new areas of the browser that may be changed by themes and new theme APIs. My take on the roadmap Mozilla has big plans for Firefox in 2018 and that is exactly what the browser needs. Firefox is in a situation currently that makes it seem as if it is one-step behind Chrome in many areas; Google, the largest advertisement company on the planet introduced ad-blocking already in 2018 but Firefox has not. Tracking Protection was a good start but the feature got no love at all since its introduction in 2014. Mozilla found out in 2015 that Tracking Protection reduced page load time by 44% on average, but has not acted upon that at all. I think that the organization missed a big opportunity back then to take the lead and attract users. I'm looking forward to many of the features that Mozilla plans to integrate in Firefox in 2018. Ad-filtering, the blocking of re-targeting ads, improved tracking protection functionality and an easy option to block autoplaying video content on the Web are all welcome additions. Mozilla could use different criteria than Google to determine acceptable and unacceptable ads. One example: Chrome won't block autoplaying videos without sound but Mozilla could add the format to Firefox to block it. While some of those are already available through extensions, native integration in Firefox benefits all users of the browser, even the more than 40% that don't run any extensions. Support for additional APIs and other usability improvements as well as speed and performance improvements are welcome additions and changes all in all. I'm a bit worried about some of the personalization features, especially the Contextual Feature Recommender which "proactively delivers personalized Firefox feature and extension recommendations to users based on their behavior" but I don't know enough about the feature or its implementation to make a final call at this point. Ghacks.net
  13. Mozilla engineers have borrowed yet another feature from the Tor Browser and starting with version 58 Firefox will block attempts to fingerprint users using the HTML5 canvas element. Canvas blocking is an important addition to Firefox's user privacy protection measures, as canvas fingerprinting has been used for a long time by the advertising industry to track users. Canvas fingerprinting has become widespread in recent years The method has become widespread in recent years after the EU has forced websites to show cookie popups. Because canvas fingerprinting doesn't need to store anything in the user's browser, there are very few legal complications that come with it and this user tracking/fingerprinting solution has become a favorite among ad networks. Canvas fingerprinting works by loading a canvas HTML tag inside a hidden iframe and making the user's browser draw a series of elements and texts. The resulting image is converted into a file hash. Because each computer and browser draws these elements differently, ad networks can reliably track the user's browser as he accesses various sites on the Internet. Canvas fingerprinting is described in better detail in this 2012 research paper. Feature borrowed from the Tor Browser The Tor Browser has fixed this problem by blocking any website from accessing canvas data by default. The Tor Browser displays the following popup every time a site wants to access the canvas element. Tor Browser's canvas fingerprinting blocking system Based on an entry in the Mozilla bug tracker, engineers plan to prompt users with a site permission popup when a website wants to extract data from a < canvas > HTML element. This is similar to the permission shown when websites wish to access a user's webcam or microphone. Firefox 58 is scheduled for release on January 16, 2018. The second feature Firefox takes from the Tor Browser Canvas fingerprinting blocking is the second feature Mozilla engineers have borrowed from the Tor Project. Previously, Mozilla has added a mechanism to Firefox 52 that prevents websites from fingerprinting users via system fonts. Mozilla's efforts to harden Firefox are part of the Tor Uplift project, an initiative to import more privacy-focused feature from the Tor Browser into Firefox. The Tor Browser is based on Firefox ESR, and usually features flowed from Firefox to Tor, and not the other way around. In August 2016, Mozilla also blocked a list of URLs known to host fingerprinting scripts. Previous efforts to improve Firefox user privacy also included removing the Battery Status API. Source
  14. Mozilla engineers have started work on a project named Lockbox that they describe as "a work-in-progress extension [...] to improve upon Firefox's built-in password management." Mozilla released the new extension for employee-use only at first, but users can install it by going to this or this links. Lockbox revamps Firefox's antiquated password management utility with a new user interface (UI). A new Firefox UI button is also included, in case users want to add a shortcut in their browser's main interface to open Lockbox without going through all the menu options. Support for a master password is included, helping users secure their passwords from unauthorized access by co-workers, family members, or others. There are no public plans on Lockbox's future at the moment, but Mozilla will most likely ship it with Test Pilot for some user testing before deciding if to deploy it in the stable branch. Firefox Test Pilot is a Firefox add-on that allows users to install, test, and vote on experimental features that may be added to Firefox in the future. Mozilla has tested several other Firefox features inside Test Pilot before [1, 2]. For example, Firefox's new built-in page screenshot utility — launched through Firefox 55 and 56 — was also tested via Test Pilot. At the moment, Mozilla engineers say Lockbox has only been tested on Firefox 57 and above and that installing on Firefox 56 or lower may not function at all. Also, there's no way to reset the Lockbox master password (at the moment). Source
  15. Firefox Portable Latest Build Online Installer by demon.devin (Softables.tk/) Built using the latest version of my PortableApps Compiler; Installer code included as well. Thanks to @Geez for pointing me in the right direction for adding the version selection custom install page. I had to heavily rewrite and debug anyway but I got it and it looks sweet.. To upgrade Firefox Portable, simply rerun the installer and enter your desired version of Firefox that you would like to download and install. New In Rev. 2: When installing this PAF, there's a page where it asks you to enter the version you want to install. To install the latest, stable build enter: latest To install the latest, Beta build enter: beta To install the latest, DevEdition build enter: devedition To install the latest, ESR build enter: esr To install any other version, enter the version number of that build and install as normal. HASHES: CRC32: 3288851D MD5: B5148B93B1ADAA4719B747B12EE1559C DOWNLOADS: Mirrors: http://softables.tk/depository/internet/firefox Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/7601871/FirefoxPortable_x86_x64_Latest_Builds_Rev._2_online.paf.exe.html
  16. Today, Mozilla is announcing a plan that grows collaboration with Microsoft, Google, and other industry leaders on MDN Web Docs. The goal is to consolidate information about web development for multiple browsers – not just Firefox. To support this collaboration, we’re forming a Product Advisory Board that will formalize existing relationships and guide our progress in the years to come. Why are we doing this? To make web development just a little easier. “One common thread we hear from web developers is that documentation on how to build for the cross-browser web is too fragmented,” said Daniel Appelquist, Director of Developer Advocacy at Samsung Internet and Co-Chair of W3C’s Technical Architecture Group. “I’m excited to be part of the efforts being made with MDN Web Docs to address this issue and to bring better and more comprehensive documentation to developers worldwide.” More than six million web developers and designers currently visit MDN Web Docs each month – and readership is growing at a spectacular rate of 40 percent, year over year. Popular content includes articles and tutorials on JavaScript, CSS and HTML, as well as detailed, comprehensive documentation of new technologies like Web APIs. Community contributions are at the core of MDN’s success. Thousands of volunteers have helped build and refine MDN over the past 12 years. In this year alone, 8,021 users made 76,203 edits, greatly increasing the scope and quality of the content. Cross-browser documentation contributions include input from writers at Google and Microsoft; Microsoft writers have made more than 5,000 edits so far in 2017. This cross-browser collaboration adds valuable content on browser compatibility and new features of the web platform. Going forward, Microsoft writers will focus their Web API documentation efforts on MDN and will redirect relevant pages from Microsoft Developer Network to MDN. A Broader Focus Now, the new Product Advisory Board for MDN is creating a more formal way to absorb all that’s going on across browsers and standards groups. Initial board members include representatives from Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and the W3C, with additional members possible in the future. By strengthening our relationships with experts across the industry, the Product Advisory Board will ensure MDN documentation stays relevant, is browser-agnostic, and helps developers keep up with the most important aspects of the web platform. “The reach of the web across devices and platforms is what makes it unique, and Microsoft is committed to helping it continue to thrive,” said Jason Weber, Partner Director of Program Management, Microsoft Edge. “We’re thrilled to team up with Mozilla, Google, and Samsung to create a single, great web standards documentation set on MDN for web developers everywhere.” Mozilla’s vision for the MDN Product Advisory Board is to build collaboration that helps the MDN community, collectively, maintain MDN as the most comprehensive, complete, and trusted reference documenting the most important aspects of modern browsers and web standards. The board’s charter is to provide advice and feedback on MDN content strategy, strategic direction, and platform/site features. Mozilla remains committed to MDN as an open source reference for web developers, and Mozilla’s team of technical writers will continue to work on MDN and collaborate with volunteers and corporate contributors. “Google is committed to building a better web for both users and developers,” said Meggin Kearney, Lead Technical Writer, Web Developer Relations at Google. “We’re excited to work with Mozilla, Microsoft, and Samsung to help guide MDN towards becoming the best source of up-to-date, comprehensive documentation for developers on the web.” MDN directly supports Mozilla’s overarching mission. We strive to ensure the Internet is a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. We believe that our award-winning documentation helps web developers build better web experiences – which also adhere to established standards and work across platforms and devices. MDN Board Members Ali Spivak, Chair, Mozilla Daniel Appelquist, Samsung Internet Dominique Hazael-Massieux, W3C Meggin Kearney, Google Patrick Kettner, Microsoft Christopher Mills, Mozilla Erika Doyle Navara, Microsoft Robert Nyman, Google Kadir Topal, Mozilla Source Alternate Source - BleepingComputer
  17. Mozilla Firefox 56.0.1 - 32bit[x86] and 64bit[x64] Stable[New] Mozilla Firefox v56.0.1 stable available for download. Tip: Read gHacks News and Techdows! Release Notes: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/56.0.1/releasenotes/ Download Links: All Languages and OS: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ FTP links: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/ Windows[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0.1-SSL&os=win&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 56.0.1.exe Windows[x86 - 32bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/win32-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2056.0.1.exe Windows[x64 - 64bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0.1-SSL&os=win64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 56.0.1.exe Windows[x86 - 64bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/win64-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2056.0.1.exe Mac: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0.1-SSL&os=osx&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/mac/en-US/Firefox 56.0.1.dmg Mac[EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/mac-EME-free/ Linux[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0.1-SSL&os=linux&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-56.0.1.tar.bz2 Linux[x64]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0.1-SSL&os=linux64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-56.0.1.tar.bz2 Linux[x86-x64- EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0.1/linux-x86_64-EME-free/ Firefox for Android - 56.0.1: Not Yet Released
  18. Classic Theme Restorer Add-on developer promised he will offer a userChrome.CSS file that will allow to modify Photon UI when Firefox 57 release gets near. Classic Theme Restorer add-on which used by Firefox users to revert from Australis to classic UI, will be dead when Firefox 57 aka Firefox Quantum arrives with Photon UI on November 14, 2017. Currently, CTR add-on which uses legacy technology has more than 3 lakh users. Classic Theme Restorer add-on developers’s UserChrome.css file modifies Firefox 57 Photon UI like before CTR developer, Aris says Photon UI can be modified using CSS tweaks, but confirms the new CSS code he is going to offer, cannot create new items or toolbars or buttons. The UserChrome.CSS file will contain most of the code from his two add-ons: Classic Theme Restrorer and Classic Toolbar buttons. Screenshots posted by Aris confirms modifying the Firefox Photon UI is very much possible. Check the below screenshot for the proof. Changing Firefox 57 Photon UI using userChrome.css file When UserChrome.CSS file is available, you can to do the following Install Firefox 57 on your computer Visit about:support page and open the Profile folder Create a new folder called ‘Chrome’ and drag and drop or copy and paste the userChrome.css file to it. Reopen Firefox browser to see UI changes. Tested / confirmed working in userChrome.css (at the moment) [Tabs] squared tabs (with rounded top corners), Read: Firefox 57 : Photon Rectangular Tabs, New Icons and more [Tabs] custom tab height [Tabs] (old) tab appearance/colors for active/non-active/hovered/pending/unread tabs [Tabs] remove ridiculous tab toolbar gap before first tab (in normal window mode without menubar) [Tabs] tabs not on top: tabs toolbar after navigation and bookmarks toolbars [Tabs] empty tab favicon: tab icon for tabs without favicons [Tabs] hide tabs toolbar for tab sidebar WEs (not visible on screenshots) [Buttons] navigation toolbar buttons: ‘classic’ button appearance (like offered by Classic Toolbar Buttons add-on) [Buttons] bookmarks toolbar buttons: ‘default’ button appearance [Buttons] default browser buttons: custom icon colors [Buttons] application/hamburger button: move button to the left [Buttons] application/hamburger button: cheat button into tabs toolbar [Buttons] application/hamburger button: custom label (“Firefox” on screenshots) [Buttons] application/hamburger button: different colors (Default, Aurora, Nightly, Transparent…) [Buttons] bookmarks menu button: label on bookmarks toolbar [Buttons] bookmarks menu popup: classic appearance [Buttons] custom images for toolbar buttons (like offered by Classic Toolbar Buttons add-on) [Buttons] downloads button: always visible (there is also an option for that in ‘Customize…’ mode) [Buttons] ‘more’ compact navigation toolbar buttons [Location Bar] location bar and search bar text size [Location Bar] location bars dropmarker at the end [Location Bar] change location bars icon padding [Location Bar] identity box colors for secure/valid connections [Location Bar] width/height tweaks to location bar popup [Location Bar] location bar popup: two lined results (buggy in some cases) [General] hiding ui elements not removable by default (e.g. action menu in location bar, private mask) Firefox 57: First Look At Page Action Menu [General] context menu item labels instead of icons for back, forward, reload, bookmark this page [General] lw-theme support for squared tabs and ‘tabs not on top’ appearance [General] bookmarks toolbar: old padding [General] bookmarks toolbar: old height Notes [Buttons] application/hamburger button ‘in titlebar’: space before tabs has to be adjusted manually (depends on custom button title length), ‘Titlebar’ and ‘Drag Space’ checkboxes have to be disabled ‘Customize…’ area) [Buttons] application/hamburger button jumps back to nav-bar, if menubar is visible (prevents overlapping glitches) [Location Bar] popup width has to be adjusted manually to match location bars width for normal, maximized and fullscreen window modes Already in Firefox 57+ without installing WebExtensions (compared to Firefox 56 or older) [Buttons] star/bookmark button: button in location bar [Buttons] bookmarks menu button: disconnected from star button (see ‘Customize…’ area) [Buttons] back and forward buttons: disconnected from location bar [Buttons] back and forward buttons: separately movable within navigation toolbar bar [Buttons] stop and reload buttons: buttons combined and outside location bar [Buttons] sidebar button: one button for bookmarks, history and synced tabs [Buttons] application/hamburger button: popup ‘closer’ to the old one (no huge icons) [Buttons] downloads button: progress indicator below icon [General] flexible spaces (see ‘Customize…’ area) [General] drag space: space above tabs toolbar (see ‘Customize…’ area) [General] toolbar modes: compact, normal, large (see ‘Customize…’ area) Things possible by installing WebExtensions [Buttons] Old ‘Firefox’ menu (WIP): Application Menu [Buttons] RSS button in location bar: Awesome RSS [General] custom ‘about:newtab’ page: New Tab Override [Tabs] Sidebar tabs: Tabs Center Redux (additional CSS code in userChrome.css required to hide default tabs toolbar for now) Not properly working using CSS tweaks [Tabs] custom tab widths: issues with overflow mode like on previous Fx versions, if modified through custom CSS areas Not possible ‘real’ buttons in titlebar (moving buttons to a toolbar and cheating them into titlebar is possible) Actually/manually moving existing buttons to different locations than toolbars (e.g. feed button in location bar, Application/hamburger button to tabs toolbar) Additional toolbars, add-ons bar, status bar Custom scrollbars (Re)binding xml code: ‘old search’, autoresizing autocomplete popup
  19. Mozilla Firefox 56.0 - 32bit[x86] and 64bit[x64] Stable[New] + 52.4.0 ESR[New] Mozilla Firefox v56.0 stable + v52.4.0 ESR available for download. Tip: .... Release Notes: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/56.0/releasenotes/ [Alternate] gHacks.net Optional Release Notes + Tips: Download Links - Stable: All Languages and OS: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ FTP links: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/ Windows[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0-SSL&os=win&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 56.0.exe Windows[x86 - 32bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/win32-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2056.0.exe Windows[x64 - 64bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0-SSL&os=win64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 56.0.exe Windows[x86 - 64bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/win64-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2056.0.exe Mac: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0-SSL&os=osx&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/mac/en-US/Firefox 56.0.dmg Mac[EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/mac-EME-free/ Linux[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0-SSL&os=linux&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-56.0.tar.bz2 Linux[x64]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-56.0-SSL&os=linux64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-56.0.tar.bz2 Linux[x86-x64- EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/56.0/linux-x86_64-EME-free/ Download Links - ESR: All Languages and OS: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/organizations/all/ FTP links: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0esr/ Windows[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-52.4.0esr-SSL&os=win&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0esr/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.4.0esr.exe Windows[x64 - 64bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-52.4.0esr-SSL&os=win64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.4.0.exe Mac: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-52.4.0esr-SSL&os=osx&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0esr/mac/en-US/Firefox 52.4.0esr.dmg Linux[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-52.4.0esr-SSL&os=linux&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0esr/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-52.4.0esr.tar.bz2 Linux[x64]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-52.4.0esr-SSL&os=linux64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.4.0esr/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-52.4.0esr.tar.bz2 Firefox for Android - 56.0: Not Yet Released
  20. Mozilla will release Firefox 56.0 to the Stable channel on September 29th, 2017. The new Firefox version will be made available to all users of the Stable channel. The new version of the browser can best be described as a minor release in anticipation of the biggest Firefox release in history: Firefox 57. All Firefox channels are or have been updated to a new release version. Firefox Stable to version 56, Firefox Beta and Developer to version 57, and Firefox Nightly to version 58. The Firefox ESR update brings the version to 52.4. Executive Summary Firefox 56 is the last Stable version of Firefox that supports legacy add-ons. Firefox 57 Stable will support only WebExtensions. Firefox on Android ends support for devices running Android 4.0. Firefox for Android does not support Flash anymore. The Firefox Page Shot tool is available universally now. Firefox 56.0 download and update Existing Firefox users who have automatic updates enabled in the browser -- which is the default setting -- will be updated automatically to Firefox 56.0 once Mozilla publishes it. Firefox does not check for updates in real-time though; you can run a manual check for updates by selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox. Firefox displays the current version in a new window, and runs an update check to find out if a new version is available. This new version will be downloaded and installed automatically by default if that is the case. Direct download links for Firefox installation files: Firefox Stable download Firefox Beta download Nightly download Firefox ESR download Firefox unbranded builds information Firefox 56.0 Changes Firefox Screenshots Firefox's built-in Page Shot tool is available to all users of the browser now. The tool lets you capture part of a web page or all of it, and save it locally or online for easy sharing. Check out our overview of Firefox Screenshots here. It explains how the tool works, and how you can disable it in case you don't need it. Firefox preferences changes Firefox 56.0 ships with a redesigned preferences interface that introduces new features and changes to it. You can load about:preferences to open the starting page of the Firefox options, or click on Menu and select Options from it to do the same. One major change is the integration of a search field that you may use to find preferences quickly. Type cookies for instance, and you get all cookies related preferences displayed to you so that you may interact with them directly. The preferences display four entry points instead of the larger number of pages in Firefox 56.0. You may load them using the following addresses: General: about:preferences#general Search: about:preferences#search Privacy & Security: about:preferences#privacy Firefox account: about:preferences#sync We talked about the change back in early 2017 when it rolled out to Nightly versions. Basically, what the redesign means is that you do less clicking but more scrolling to go through all of the preferences. Mozilla notes that it has updated descriptions to make it clearer how settings affect browsing. Other Firefox 56.0 changes Firefox won't auto-play media anymore that is opened in a background tab. Hardware acceleration support for AES-GCM (most widely used cipher according to Mozilla). Performance improvements on all desktop systems. Safe Browsing protocol updated to version 4. Security improvements for verifying file downloads. Updates are roughly 20% smaller in size when they are downloaded via Firefox's built-in updating system. New Rust character encoding standard-compliant implementation. Form Autofill rollout to En-US. Firefox 56.0 Issues Firefox may crash on startup if RelevantKnowledge adware is installed on the device. Remove it by running software such as AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes Free, or other security software. 64-bit versions of Firefox may crash on Windows 7 if Lenovo's "OneKey Theater" software is installed. Mozilla suggests to re-install a 32-bit version of Firefox to fix the issue. Developer Changes rel="preload" implemented to preload resources that can be cached. (bug 1222633) Intl API enabled on Android (bug 1344625) Firefox for Android does not support plugins anymore. (bug 1381916) URLs are encoded internally by Gecko using punycode to avoid encoding issues. (bug 945240) Firefox on Windows and on Mac OS X can be run in headless mode using the -headless flag. (bug 1355150 and bug 1355147) Lots of WebExtensions changes (see developer link in the resource section below for a full list). Support for <applet> has been dropped. Firefox 56.0 for Android Only a handful of changes in Firefox for Android, but they are major: Flash support is discontinued. Firefox for Android does not support Android 4.0 anymore. Performance and power consumption improvements for WebRTC through the use of hardware encoders. Support for WebExtensions improved. Security updates / fixes Security changes are announced after the official release. We will update the review when Mozilla publishes them. CVE-2017-7793: Use-after-free with Fetch API CVE-2017-7817: Firefox for Android address bar spoofing through fullscreen mode CVE-2017-7818: Use-after-free during ARIA array manipulation CVE-2017-7819: Use-after-free while resizing images in design mode CVE-2017-7824: Buffer overflow when drawing and validating elements with ANGLE CVE-2017-7805: Use-after-free in TLS 1.2 generating handshake hashes CVE-2017-7812: Drag and drop of malicious page content to the tab bar can open locally stored files CVE-2017-7814: Blob and data URLs bypass phishing and malware protection warnings CVE-2017-7813: Integer truncation in the JavaScript parser CVE-2017-7825: OS X fonts render some Tibetan and Arabic unicode characters as spaces CVE-2017-7815: Spoofing attack with modal dialogs on non-e10s installations CVE-2017-7816: WebExtensions can load about: URLs in extension UI CVE-2017-7821: WebExtensions can download and open non-executable files without user interaction CVE-2017-7823: CSP sandbox directive did not create a unique origin CVE-2017-7822: WebCrypto allows AES-GCM with 0-length IV CVE-2017-7820: Xray wrapper bypass with new tab and web console CVE-2017-7811: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56 CVE-2017-7810: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56 and Firefox ESR 52.4 Additional information / sources Firefox 56 release notes Firefox 56 Android release notes Add-on compatibility for Firefox 56 Firefox 56 for Developers Site compatibility for Firefox 56 Firefox Security Advisories Firefox Release Schedule Now Read: The state of Mozilla Firefox Source Firefox 56.0 & 52.4.0 ESR Frontpage Downloads:
  21. https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/ Windows & Other OS Downloads: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win64/ Windows en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 55.0.2.exe https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 55.0.2.exe EME-free: Win: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win32-EME-free/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/win64-EME-free/ Linux x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/linux-x86_64-EME-free/ Mac: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/55.0.2/mac-EME-free/ Checksums: SHA256SUMS SHA512SUMS Firefox for Android: Note: This is the last version which supports Android 4.0.3+ API-15: en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-api-15/en-US/fennec-55.0.2.en-US.android-arm.apk Multi: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-api-15/multi/fennec-55.0.2.multi.android-arm.apk x86: en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-x86/en-US/fennec-55.0.2.en-US.android-i386.apk Multi: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-x86/multi/fennec-55.0.2.multi.android-i386.apk aarch64: en-US: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-aarch64/en-US/fennec-55.0.2.en-US.android-aarch64.apk Multi: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/55.0.2/android-aarch64/multi/fennec-55.0.2.multi.android-aarch64.apk
  22. JavaScript, a smash hit among programmers, made the web powerful. Now Mozilla's Rust could protect the web from hack attacks. Twenty-two years ago, Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich whipped up JavaScript in 10 days of manic activity in 1995. It's since become the world's most popular programming language. Now Mozilla hopes lightning will strike twice with a sequel called Rust. If successful, the new programming language could be as important as JavaScript to Mozilla's mission of making the internet better for us all -- and it could be just as helpful to the nonprofit organization's reputation, too. JavaScript let web developers make websites interactive, triggering an explosion of innovation like online photo editing, scrolling and zooming maps, and word processing with Google Docs. Rust is a lower-level tool, though, that could make Mozilla's Firefox web browser faster and more secure. And if its enthusiastic reception in programming circles continues, Rust could help protect a lot of other software from attacks that today are the bane of online existence. Attackers who have learned to exploit vulnerabilities in internet-linked software are responsible for stolen identities, drained bank accounts, leaked confidential documents and political persecution. Rust, the "most loved" language in a 2017 survey by programming advice site Stack Overflow, won allies like online storage service Dropbox. Programmers have contributed tens of thousands of packages of pre-written code to help others get their projects moving faster, too. Need to decode a web address, check the time, or handle some video? Somebody's probably already written the basics for you. "Rust is growing," says Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady, who tracks language popularity. "It made a substantial jump and is now solidly in second-tier language territory -- which is good company to be in." It's really hard to create a major language like C, C++ or Java used by millions of programmers. Mozilla succeeded with JavaScript, with countless others helping to refine it over the years. Looking good in programmers' eyes improves Mozilla's reputation as an innovator, not a laggard to be left behind. "The language is exciting," says Jonathan "Duke" Leto, the founder of programming firm Leto Labs. Restoring that reputation is important for Mozilla's attempt to ignite enthusiasm for its Firefox browser and use it for goals like protecting your privacy or making sure Google's websites don't require you to use Google's browser. The biggest reason to like Rust is that it can wipe out a huge class of software security holes -- a major problem with browsers that today handle everything from our most personal communications to our biggest financial transactions. Even if you're not a programmer, you'll like a more secure internet. "Every big piece of Rust code we get in there decreases the attack surface for security holes in the browser," says Dave Herman, former director of strategy and research at Mozilla. Rust's safety lets Mozilla free up Firefox memory, too, a key computing resource these days as we keep so many browser tabs open. Rust is also designed to better handle the thorny computing challenge of doing many tasks in parallel -- that's key to unlocking the power of modern chips that have many processing engines. Even if nobody outside Mozilla ever touches Rust, it will directly help Firefox. Mozilla moves Rust-written components into Firefox through a project fittingly called Oxidation. Indeed, Rust and Oxidation are key to a project called Quantum to speed up Firefox with the release of Firefox 57 this November. "You can try a lot of different experiments," says Sean White, Mozilla's senior vice president leading the emerging technologies. "We have ways we can very quickly try and fail on things without touching the hundreds of millions of people using Firefox." The source for these Rust components is new core browser software called Servo, a Mozilla research project that's written mostly in Rust. Going whole hog and building a new browser entirely on Servo would be risky, though. Instead, Mozilla is cherry-picking the best parts and adding them to Firefox's core, called Gecko. "The future is intelligently managing the combination of the two," says David Bryant, Mozilla's vice president of platform engineering. In the longer run, Mozilla wants Servo to be useful on its own. It struggles today even with basic web documents like Wikipedia. Mozilla's goal of getting it to work with the much more complicated Google Docs site is actually very ambitious. If successful, though, it would signal a major step forward in overall practical readiness. And Mozilla is considering making a version of Servo that can be embedded into smaller computing devices, White says. One possible example: a VR headset that displays virtual reality worlds constructed with the WebVR technology Mozilla helped create. Servo is designed to take advantage of modern computer chips that can run lots of tasks in parallel, and success there could make Servo very efficient on inexpensive hardware. Robert O'Callahan, a former Mozilla programmer now working on developer tools at his startup, Pernosco, also lauds Rust. Most languages either give programmers low-level control or protection against memory-induced security problems, but not both. "Rust is the first mainstream language to escape that tradeoff," O'Callahan says. Even if you don't care much about programmers toiling over their keyboards, you should care about that Rust advantage. With governments and identity thieves paying top dollar for computer attack software, everyone on the internet can be a potential victim. Correction, 1:56 p.m.: This story earlier misstated the programming language that Pernosco works with. It's working on developer tools initially targeted at programmers using the C and C++ languages. Article source
  23. Mozilla has released a free application for securely sending large files that self-destruct after one download. The Send web application can be used in "any modern browser", according to Mozilla. Firefox maker Mozilla has released a trio of new experimental tools, including a simple, secure file-sharing service, dubbed Firefox Send, which supports up to 1GB files. In the current version, you can securely send files to a contact using a link that only works once. The encrypted file, which is stored on Mozilla's server, is destroyed immediately after it has been downloaded once or after 24 hours have elapsed. Send comes from Mozilla's Firefox Test Pilot experiments, which usually requires the Firefox Test Pilot add-on to work, but the Send web application can be used in "any modern browser", according to Mozilla. After opening Send in the browser, you drag a file to the upload box, which creates a link with a private key for sending in a message. You may need to update to the latest version of Mozilla's desktop browser, Firefox 54, to use Send. It also works with Chrome, but not the current version of Safari, while Edge support is in the works. Send technically supports up to 2GB, but files this large have been crashing browsers in recent testing. The web application doesn't work in browsers that haven't implemented Web Crypto API, a W3C JavaScript API specification for handling some cryptographic functions in web applications. As Mozilla notes, many mobile browsers have been slow to adopt the spec. Apple has implemented WebCrypto API in Safari 11.0, which is currently available for developers, so Send should work soon for macOS users. Firefox Send uses WebCrypto API with the AES-GCM algorithm to encrypt and decrypt the file in the browser, meaning the file that's transferred to Mozilla's server is already encrypted and its contents can't be viewed by Mozilla, though it does receive the filename and file size. The link that users send includes the encryption key and allows anyone with the link to download and access the file, so long as it hasn't already been downloaded once already. Mozilla is considering enabling the ability to download files more than once in a future release. The Test Pilot team also launched Voice Fill, a tool for using voice for search in Firefox, which currently supports Google, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo pages. It also released Notes, a simple, single page notepad positioned in the browser's sidebar. Article source
  24. Mozilla plans to add a new opt-out profile clean-up option to the Firefox installation process that will clean up the user profile. The planned target for the new feature is the release of Firefox 57, and the reasoning behind the decision is to provide returning users with an option to clean up the profile to resolve any profile related issues that caused them to leave in first place. Note: The feature is planned right now, but there is still a chance that it is not going to be implemented, or removed from beta releases. The opt-out option is displayed only if certain criteria are met. It won't interfere with regular installations of the Firefox browser or Firefox updates. Here is a mockup screenshot of how this could look like in the Firefox installer when launched: The profile cleanup option is displayed if at least one of the two criteria listed below are met: If the installer detects an older version of Firefox on the computer system that is at least 2 versions older than the current one (meaning Firefox was not updated for at least two release cycles, e.g. Firefox 54 would trigger the option, while Firefox 56 would not). If the installer detects a Firefox profile folder but no Firefox installation, and if the referenced version of Firefox is at least two versions lower than the one that is about to be installed. If the criteria don't apply, the default installation dialog is displayed instead. Mozilla considers adding a notification to the browser on first start that the profile has been cleaned up. It would feature an option to undo the clean-up; considering that some users will overlook the opt-out option, it is a safe guard that gives these users an option to undo the changes. The profile clean-up will reset all Firefox preferences to the default values, and remove all old add-ons on top of that. It is unclear what "old add-ons" means in the context; the most likely explanation is legacy add-ons. Closing Words The proposed feature targets Firefox users who have not used the browser for a while, and are installing the browser anew even though it may already be installed on the system. The opt-out may improve the user experience, but since it is opt-out, it may also cause issues for others even with the safe guard in place on first start. Article source
  25. Firefox browser New Tab Page has been replaced by Activity Stream, which is now landed as system add-on in version 56 and no longer a text pilot experiment. Activity Stream, which Mozilla says helps you ‘rediscover the things you love the most on the web’, displays thumbnails of top sites along with highlights from your bookmarks and browsing history. Activity Stream is Firefox’s new tab page in version 56 For each thumbnail displayed, these options are available in the context menu: pin, open in a New Window, Open in a New Private Window, Dismiss and Delete from History. The Activity Stream feature schedule to ship with Firefox 56, set to display and search bar and top sites, which can be hidden by clicking on the settings shown after clicking on the cog wheel. The hidden preference for AS is ‘browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled’, you can toggle that preference value to attain old New Tab Page, but that pref won’t last for long as we know. These are the activity stream default sites, which you can find in about: config. Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Yahoo, ebay and Twitter. Firefox displays them only when the browser has no history to fetch and display the data, case with new Firefox installations. FYI, Mozilla is testing an experimental version of Activity Stream with Pocket integration, which you may see in later versions of the browser. Article source
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